TYSA DESIGNS

Tysa Frida Frock / Nomah Project Hat

Tysa Designs has been a favorite of mine for years.  I remember being pregnant with Cru 3 years ago, I lived in a few of her maxi dresses. They are definitely not maternity dresses and I’ve worn them long after, but their flowy maxi’s do lend themselves nicely to a big ‘ol belly!  This babe has been cooking for 37 weeks now and to say I am ready is an understatement!  Not really in the sense that I have everything prepared…but just that my body feels like it could give birth any minute now.  The last 4 weeks are quite a treat aren’t they!?  haha.  I am still working and trying to wrap up projects at Rylee & Cru before she arrives so I can take a few weeks off after she arrives.  But I am trying not to set too many expectations for myself…as everyone has been sure to tell me how hard it is having 3  kids, and especially having 3 kids and working.  I know it will all work out in one way or another…..I will just have to take it one day at a time.  I’m hoping she and I will both be feeling healthy and strong and ready to take on the challenge.  Wish me luck :)

One perk of having an auto immune condition is that I get to see her cute little face in ultrasounds more often than most.  I got to see her a few days ago and they said everything was looking great.  Weighing about 6 pounds and seemingly very healthy.  Considering all of my own personal health issues over the last two years, I am so grateful my body has been able to stay relatively strong throughout this pregnancy and give her all the nutrients she needs to thrive.  I’ve put on a lot more weight this time around (even though I’ve actually eaten less and probably healthier this pregnancy) but someone decided to remind me of that the other day which made me feel pretty crummy.  “Oh wow, you’ve gained some weight haven’t you!?” was the exact phrase he used.  I laughed and said yes but in my head all the bad thoughts started creeping in.  I got in my car and some tears welled up in my eyes….but I quickly pulled myself out of that self loathing state and instead reminded myself that I am growing a human and how incredible my body is to even be able to do that.  I’ll take all the extra butt dimples if it means I get a healthy beautiful babe at the end of all of this. Some people say the most stupid things to pregnant women don’t they!?  Oy…when will men learn ;) Anyway…doing my best to stay positive these last couple of weeks! I can’t wait to meet her!!


33 weeks

Dress by Sisters of Nature

Well time has certainly slowed down these last few weeks!  I guess that always happens at the end…I’m just so ready to meet this little person I’ve been carrying around for so long.  But here we are at 33 weeks and that much closer to meeting this baby girl….(who sadly still does not have a name…but we are getting close!) haha.  Sam and I have been (very slowly) putting together the nursery for her the last few months and I’m just crossing my fingers we can get it finished before she arrives.  Because I know good and well that nothing will happen after she comes home with us and we are thrown into that infant stage again where a successful day means actually getting out of my pajama’s and remembering to eat breakfast.  So for now, I am trying my best to enjoy my sleep and check things off the to-do list and spend as much time as I can with my two “big” kids!  Which has made me somewhat of an emotional mess lately.  Time just goes by so quickly and here I am ready to send my first born to kindergarten.  It feels like just yesterday we were bringing Ry home from the hospital!  It’s been almost three years since we’ve had an infant in our house and I seem to have forgotten what I actually need for a newborn!  Question for the new mamas: what are the latest “must-have’s”!?  What couldn’t you live without those first six months?  If you have any suggestions or tips or products you’ve loved,  I’d love to hear about them!

Photos by Jackie Wonders


Simply Sophisticated Summer

Banana Republic off-the-shoulder topWilla Hat / Strappy Sandals / Denim

You guys, the weeks are just FLYING!!! Rylee’s last day of Pre-K is tomorrow and then it is officially summer break and in about 8 weeks, give or take, we will have a tiny little newborn in our arms!!? It still seems a little unreal!  I know I’ve talked about it before, but this pregnancy has definitely done a number on me!  SO much different, and in so many ways harder, than my other two pregnancies.  Likely a combination of my age, it being my 3rd child, and still working just as hard as always….I’ve felt very little motivation to look cute and put together every day, which is usually something I really enjoy.  I just feel so exhausted and my body image is not exactly at it’s peek (quite the understatement).  The scale keeps ticking up and I officially weigh more than I ever have in my entire life….which feels weird and uncomfortable. BUT, I am trying hard to put the shallow thoughts about my body behind me and be thankful for this healthy baby girl that is growing in my belly, because it really is such a miracle.  All that to say, I have done some serious closet cleaning and have gotten rid of a ton of clothes that I just didn’t ever wear.  The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and the idea of “less is more”.  I suppose my husband (the ultimate minimalist) is rubbing off on me, finally,  after 8 years of marriage :)  Of course, I saved a lot of my favorite pieces that I can’t currently fit in with the hopes that I can wear them again….but I did get rid of anything I hadn’t worn in over a year.  Which was shockingly a lot of stuff!  My go-to’s the last few months have been flowy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and a solid rotation of my favorite maternity denim.  There is something about a crisp white blouse and worn denim that is so timeless and it’s a look I will always love.  And then pair it with a natural woven hat and some strappy sandals and you have a very simple but sophisticated summer look.  This entire look (minus the denim) is from Banana Republic, which is such a great place to find simple well-made blouses and other summer staples.  I’ve always loved them for their classic tees and I’ve been eyeing this little white dress for a while now….I’m thinking I should snag it and hang it on the wall as my inspiration to get back into shape after this baby is born! haha.  I have a feeling I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get.

*in collaboration with Banana Republic


MINNETONKA MOCCS

Minnetonka Moccasins / Sanctuary Blouse / Humble Hilo Alfombra Bag / Nomah Project Hat

The weeks are just flying by and I’ve already found myself at 27 weeks!  Third trimester is just around the corner and I’m pretty dang happy about that! haha.  This babe has for sure been the hardest on my body and I’m already looking forward to getting my ankles back and ditching all the aches and pains I’ve been having.  Because of my auto immune condition, they pay a little more attention to me during pregnancy and I have to go back to a neonatal specialist at 30 weeks to check on her growth.  At 20 weeks, she looked healthy and measured a few days big actually, so I have a lot of confidence all is well in there! :) Anyway, I’ve found myself extra emotional this past week, fully coming to grips that we will have THREE children in just a few months.  I think the reality of that is finally hitting me, and I am trying to soak up the one on one time with my kids, especially Cru…. being my “baby” for just 13 more weeks.  Feeling all the feels!  Anyway, enough pregnancy talk….we snapped these images the other day at one of our favorite walking trails.  Minnetonka moccasins have been around our family for generations, so it’s safe to say I have a bit of an emotional connection to them.  My grandma is from Wisconsin and growing up I remember her wearing them…my mom wore them, and now I wear them too!  I love the classic slip on moccasin because they are so comfortable and easy to wear.  Especially right now when the last thing I want to do is wear shoes that I have to buckle or tie!  I can just slip these on and run out the door.  Rylee is wearing the matching kids version (called the Kilty).  She is still obsessed with matching with me so I am still fully enjoying that while it lasts! I’m sure someday soon that will be very not cool for her, so c’est la vie!  I am running a giveaway today through Mother’s Day weekend (Monday) on my instagram for $100 credit to minnetonkamoccasin.com so that you and your mini can get some new shoes too!!  So head to my page (@kelli_murray) to enter!  I also have to make mention of this insane Humble Hilo carry-all bag that I am totally in love with! It makes for an awesome diaper bag or vacation bag! Ok friends, enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas :)


DRA + LOCAL & LEJOS GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite brands – dRA – recently came out with their new Spring Collection and it’s so good!  I’m wearing one of my favorites, the Paramount dress.  It’s made in the softest woven cotton with black embroidery details.  We are planning a family trip to either Mexico or Palm Springs (we haven’t decided yet, recommendations welcome!) in April and this is the perfect piece to pack for a sunny getaway.  A few of my other favorites are the  Salma Top and Heather Skirt, Hyde Dress, & Montecito Dress.

Today I am running a giveaway with dRA and another local brand, Local & Lejos, who sell beautiful handmade goods from Artisans around the world.  I love their rugs and baskets!  We are offering up $75 credit to draclothing.com and $75 credit for localandlejos.com!  To enter, head to my instagram!